James 1:2-5 is one of my favorite passages because it is filled with hope. James wants us to realize that the things we face in our lives build and shape our character. Facing the trials of life with hope and faith creates steadfastness within us making us more and more like Jesus.
James 1:2-5 ” Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
How is this of any help as we begin a New Year? It helps us look at life’s events with positivity so that we are looking for the change in our own character brought about by exercising our faith in Jesus. God promises that placing our faith in Him will hone and sharpen us to where it will seem we are lacking nothing. He adds in verse 5 that if we find we are lacking wisdom, we only need to ask God and He will give us wisdom.
Are you facing a difficult trial right now? Consider it an opportunity for growth in faith and trust in Almighty God. Cling to Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is good and has good things planned for you now and throughout eternity. We don’t know the future but we know for sure who holds our future. Commit to trusting Him today and you will see and feel the character of Jesus within you. Adopt an attitude of gratitude even in suffering because you know for sure that God has good things planned for you, He is good and He is in the process of making you more and more like Jesus!
Rejoicing in suffering takes purposeful thinking and faith,